food insecurity

COMMENTARY

Pandemic misery index reveals far-reaching impact of COVID-19 on American lives, especially on Blacks and Latinos

BY: - June 6, 2021

With more than 30 million people infected and 550,000 dead, the U.S. is among the nations hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. From job loss to housing insecurity to mental distress, the social, psychological and economic hardships brought on by the pandemic are extensive and likely to outlast the pandemic itself. To better understand the […]

Reynolds urges Iowans to ‘lean further into normal,’ return to work

BY: - May 12, 2021

Gov. Kim Reynolds encouraged Iowans to “lean further into normal” after a year of COVID-19 closures, restrictions and precautions.  “There’s no reason for us to continue to fear COVID-19 any longer,” Reynolds said. “We know how to manage it. Individuals can be trusted to make decisions that will keep us on a path forward.” At […]

Vilsack keys in on food insecurity and nutrition in USDA budget request

BY: - April 14, 2021

WASHINGTON — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Wednesday laid out USDA’s goals to expand food insecurity and nutrition programs in the president’s budget request, as well as the agency’s focus on programs to address longtime racial discrimination. “Normally I would talk to you all about numbers in the budget,” Vilsack, the former governor of Iowa, […]

Reynolds ‘pleased’ with slower rate of infection, calls on Congress to ‘do their job’

BY: - December 1, 2020

Gov. Kim Reynolds said Tuesday she is “pleased” by the latest statistics on COVID-19 infections, which she said indicate slow but steady signs of improvement. The governor’s comments, made at a press conference on Tuesday, came on the same day Iowa reported 1,944 new cases of the virus and 27 additional deaths. The governor noted […]

Iowa doubles down on deer donations amid pandemic

BY: - October 13, 2020

The state has doubled down on its efforts to encourage deer hunters to donate extra meat to others as the coronavirus pandemic continues to leave many Iowans out of work.  The 17-year-old Help Us Stop Hunger (HUSH) program that has distributed up to 4,000 deer a year through food banks. That’s enough for 600,000 meals […]

The Food Bank of Iowa's distribution center in east Des Moines. (Photo courtesy of Food Bank of Iowa)

Iowa governor: 354,000 Iowans face food insecurity during pandemic

BY: - April 10, 2020

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has created a task force to address residents’ food insecurity during the COVID-19 outbreak. Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg will lead the ad hoc panel, the Feeding Iowans Task Force. Included will be representatives of the Food Bank of Iowa, Volunteer Iowa and state departments involved in responding to the pandemic. Reynolds […]

Congressional Dems want more federal cash to combat hunger during pandemic

BY: - April 8, 2020

WASHINGTON — Democratic lawmakers want to prioritize food insecurity in the next round of COVID-19 relief legislation. More than 100 lawmakers sent a letter Tuesday asking Democratic and Republican leaders of the U.S. House and Senate to boost the maximum Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefit by 15% — a request Republicans rejected in the $2 […]

Delta Dental launches $10.5 million aid package for dentists, nonprofits

BY: - March 23, 2020

Delta Dental of Iowa and the Delta Dental of Iowa Foundation have launched a $10.5 million aid package for dental practices and nonprofit organizations. The program for dentists will provide them with 50% of their average claim payments for four weeks. Also, $500,000 will be provided for grants of up to $10,000 each for Iowa […]